KSR Wins 2016 Robert A. Heinlein Award

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Boreas, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. Boreas

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  2. kenubrion

    kenubrion Well-Known Member

    I just bought 2312 based on your comments in the 2015 reads thread. That will be my first.
     
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  3. Boreas

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    I definitely think it's an excellent novel, but based on what I *think* I've noticed from the generally faster-paced books you prefer, this might not gel with you. I personally think there was a good deal of narrative tension and I was quite taken by the book, but the plot and pace are pretty minimal. Still, it's quite a visionary, hard sf work and maybe you'll end up loving it! I know you love Alastair Reynolds and his work is pretty dense and can also be very slow, but this book will one-up it. It's dense like Neal Stephenson's works, but without Stephenson's droll humour. 2312 review.
     
  4. R-Hat

    R-Hat Well-Known Member

    I've read KSR's Aurora. It's one of these ecological guilt porn books, although very well made and believable. And very inspiring in terms of what I could do as a logical moralist if I was present on board of Aurora. The debates that the book could spark would be even more interesting than the book itself. It's the worship of nature, but where does the nature start and end? Does it include human cultures, exported alongside of their ecosystems?
    I also greatly enjoyed the ship AI parts, as it was being programmed. It shows that our consciousness isn't some mystical spark, but is based around computerized processes known in cybernetics and analytical philosophy (too. much. Bayesian. analysis.). If you're a Mother Earth worshiping treehugger, you will love it all, including the ending and you'll be greatly enriched by the science along the process.
     
  5. Boreas

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    KSR definitely takes a strong progressive stance with regards to Earth's environmental prospects (that's a crucial part of the set-up in 2312). That said, like Banks, he keeps faith with his outlook without really proselytising much (only going by my reading of 2312) and is nuanced enough to consider multiple possibilities. Another huge factor in his favour (again, going by 2312 only) is his strong sense of the work-ethic. He understands the concept of individual responsibility at a core level, which a lot of authors attempting to write socialist Utopian fiction (the purest sort of fantasy) just can't wrap their heads around.
     

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